By Suzanne Mackey
News Star Reporter
Voters in Stratford and Wynnewood will be heading to the polls for special elections on Tuesday, and Republicans in Senate District 43, which includes the western part of Garvin County, will be casting ballots in a primary runoff race between Paul Scott and Jessica Garvin.
Stratford’s special election is for a $620,000 school bond issue. Stratford Superintendent Michael Blackburn said, if approved, the bond issue will not raise property taxes in the Stratford School District because it will be replacing an existing bond issue that is expiring.
The bond issue will be used to fund the following projects:
•To renovate, repair, or remodel the district’s ag building and the bathrooms and concession area of the livestock show barn.
•To construct press boxes at the softball and baseball fields.
•To make improvements to the backstop and bleacher areas, along with improving drainage at the baseball field.
•To replace HVAC equipment at the elementary school.
•To acquire a school-owned vehicle for transportation of students, and to acquire an ag pick-up.
•To acquire and install a new phone system district-wide.
•To acquire and install flooring in the elementary gym.
Wynnewood’s special election is to fill an unexpired term for the city’s mayor. The four candidates vying for that position are Dusten Canady, Anne Giltner, Shayne Winkler and G.A. Turner.
Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Garvin County Election Board Secretary Gayla Dean said voters are strongly encouraged to wear masks inside polling places, and social distancing measures will be in place.
Early voting is available at the election board offices inside the Garvin County Courthouse. Dean said early voters will have to go through the normal security checks to enter the courthouse, and masks are strongly encouraged there, as well.
Early voting hours are Thursday and Friday, Aug. 20 and 21, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.